Curious (A Five-Year Old’s Questions about the Heart)


Daughter (5): What would happen if the heart stopped?

Me: That’s called a heart attack. You don’t want that.

D: Why not?

M: You need your heart to work.

D: Why?

M: It needs to pump blood.

D: Why?

M: Your body needs to circulate blood.

D: Do your toes need blood?

M: Yes.

D: What is blood made of?

M: Blood cells.

D: What are blood cells made of?

M: Different kinds of molecules.

D: What are molecules made of?

M: Different kinds of atoms.

D: What are atoms made of?

M: Protons, neutrons, and electrons.

D: What are protons made of?

M: Quarks.

D: What are neutrons made of?

M: Quarks.

D: What are electrons made of?

M: Nothing makes them up. They’re elementary.

D: What are quarks made of?

M: Nothing.

D: So blood is made of quarks and electrons. You have to get to the end to find out what it’s made of.

A child’s curiosity and energy can be rejuvenating. Try to feel rejuvenated and have a wonderful day. 🙂